Old Time Radio Police Drama

“Indictment” Old Time Radio Show (1956)

In the 1950s radio broadcasting in the United States was at its zenith, with television still just starting out. Indictment was a popular radio drama aired on the CBS network and it started on January 29, 1956, airing up to 1959. This show was based on the case files of former New York City Assistant District Attorney Eleazer Lipsky, and it foreshadowed the “procedural” dramas (on radio and television, subsequently).

The subject of the show was the step-by-step account of the handling of criminal cases leading to an indictment as the climax. The protagonist of “Indictment” — Assistant District Attorney Edward McCormick — was played by Nat Polen, better known for his role as Dr. James Craig on ABC-TV’s “One Life to Live.”

Enjoy this episode titled “The Witness Who Wasn’t”: